On Tuesday, the Vegas Global Business District Committee approved unanimously the demolition of the mythic Riviera Hotel and Casino.
The casino opened on April 20, 1955. It was the first high-rise hotel-casino in Vegas. Its popularity has declined gradually due to neighborhood attendance waning until its closure in May 2015.
The casino is known for its numerous film shoots as those of Ocean's Eleven (1960), Casino with Robert De Niro (1995), 21 (2008) and The Hangover (2009).
The precise date of the demolition will be known in June and it will cost approximately $42 million.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) had the choice between demolish the casino or maintain it as a non-occupied facility for up to 30 months. But LVCVA has decided to say goodbye to the 60-year-old building.
A new 750,000-square-feet exhibit space with 187,500-square-feet of convention space will be create instead. It will provide 6,000 jobs for the construction and 6,000 permanent jobs.